When you hit the gym, you are sweating out the toxins in your body, which you already know is good for you. But after an intensive workout session, it can be easy to forget about post-workout routines, like cleaning your skin.
If you don’t take care of your skin post-workout it could result in a buildup of bacteria and clogged pores. So, it should go without saying that it’s important to clean your skin after your training session. Need a skin cleaning routine that’s simple and efficient? Below are some tips to help get your skin ready.
Firstly, before heading to gym remove all your makeup to avoid clogging up your pores—the combination of makeup and sweat can result in clogged pores and will prevent the skins natural ability to breathe. But even if you’re not wearing makeup prior to your workout, it’s still a smart move to cleanse your skin.
If you’re planning on working out outdoors then remember to a apply an oil-free SPF.
After your workout you should avoid wiping your face with a dirty towel or your hands because this could put more dirt in the open pores, instead, pat your face dry with a clean gym towel. Always remember to remove your sweaty garments as soon as possible and (not hot, because according to Hellomagazine, this can strip the skin of its natural oils).
Then clean your freshly washed face with a gentle cleanser (preferably an antibacterial one) followed by a toner. And lastly, finish off with a light anti-inflammatory moisturizer to hydrate your skin and prevent any irritation—remember, even normal skin can be sensitive after a workout, so it may be a good decision to choose products that are dermatologically approved for sensitive skin to avoid any inflammation.
While working out, keep hair out of your face and neck by putting it up in a bun or ponytail and wearing a clean and dry sweatband so the sweat, dirt and oil gets captured there instead of on your skin. After your workout quickly wash and dry your sweatband and never use it if it’s already dirty.
Always take a shower after working out or in between workouts. This will effectively wash away all of the accumulated sweat and dirt so that your pores stay clean and free of breakouts.
If you’re a fan of the sauna, avoid staying too long or you can be doing more harm than good to your skin. Enjoy the sauna in increments and rinse off quickly in the shower and tack care your screen well.
Never let sweat sit on your skin for a long period of time. If you feel you’re getting too sweaty, take a break and take a quick rinse in the gym showers and then resume your workout. Apply moisturizer as needed and if you take a dip in the pool, shower off then as well. You never want to keep chlorine on your skin.
While working out, avoid wearing clothes that are too tight or made of fabric that restricts your skin’s ability to breathe. Opt for loose-fitting cotton fabrics.
To fight infection and clogged pores, Dr. Prystowsky recommends washing concealer and foundation brushes once a week. For brushes you use around your eyes, she recommends twice per month, and for any other brushes, once a month is fine.
Here’s how: Put a drop of a mild shampoo into the palm of your hand. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water. Then, massage the bristles into your palm to distribute the shampoo into the brush. Avoid getting the metal part of the brush wet/or the base of the brush hairs because the glue could soften and the bristles could fall out. Rinse the shampoo out and squeeze out the water with a towel. Lay the brushes on their side with the bristles hanging off the edge of the counter to dry.